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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

My Early New Potatoes, Slow to Flower this Year.

The weather this year means things on the plot are not happeninas they were a few years ago. When this happens you just have to take a  best educated guess as to how to look after your crops.

New Potatoes.

I have noticed on mine and several other plots that the first early seed potatoes are not yet in flower but the seed potatoes planted later are forming flowers.  This made me decide to have a think about why this might be. Could it  be that we got colder weather later than in previous years, just after planting the first early seed potatoes. By the time the later varieties went into the ground the soil might have warmed up, but the first early seed potatoes might have needed time to get over that cold spell? Not even a theory really just a guess.

Anyway, this week I took a chance and gently dug out a few small but edible new potatoes from the start of the first row planted. Despite being smal they still made a tasty addition to my meal that evening. I plan to continue to do this and hope that the warmer weather speeds things up for the potatoes over the next week or so.

One thing I need to keep in mind is to check the foliage as it is   warm and damp weather conditions that can encourage blight.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote